Yesterday Megan of NEPA Moms shared her tips for keeping her 5 kids filled with budget friendly snacks. Today, Shari of Faith Filled Foods for Moms has tons of tips for the hollow legs usually known as teens. (Gotta love them!) Mom to 7 children with 3 still at home, plus grandmom to 6 beautiful kids, Shari knows all about keeping her teens filled up healthy nutritious food!
Hi all of you frugal friends! I am so excited to be guest posting for Barb today about tips and recipes for feeding those hungry teens! I personally love Barb and her blog, A Life in Balance. She is so smart and talented and sweet! Her frugal blog has so much to offer and I hope that my little tidbits will help you to further your frugal lifestyle.
Just a little bit about me, I’m a stay at home mom of 7 BUT not all live at home anymore, so please don’t think I’m more amazing than I really am! When we decided to have our younger children, we decided that I would stay at home with them as I was becoming a bit “older”. My last child was born when I was 42!
I have learned a lot about what it takes to live on one income and how to feed a family of teens healthy foods on a minimal amount of income. So let me share with you some tips and recipes for feeding those hungry teens!
Teach your teens about portions
Portioning! I’m kind of big on this because if you let a teenager (well not just teens) have a whole bag of chips..guess what – GONE! This isn’t good for them or for your budget. I make my kids see how much a “real” portion is and then I make them get a bowl and put a portion in it. They usually have more than a portion..but it’s getting them into a habit of what a healthy amount is, plus making the food last longer…which brings me to the next tip..
Let them run out of snack food
If they are insistent upon eating in a total out of control snack food binge, then let the snack food run out. Do not buy any snacks again until your budget says you can. Even if you can afford to run right out and buy more snacks…make them suffer a couple of days. NO snacks.
Let them eat snack food
Teens NEED to snack. They are still growing, physically. Umm emotionally too! My daughter is almost 16 and grew a whole inch over the Summer! Keep that in mind and just try to steer them toward healthy foods as much as possible.
>Make eating healthy easy for them
Teens don’t want to prepare their own food. Well mine don’t anyway..but too bad So make it easy for them. Have some homemade and already prepared foods ready for them to just pop into the oven/ microwave.
Explain the budget
Well that’s self explanatory and goes with the above “let them run out of snacks.” Teach them to cook: Some kids like to cook…I only have one teen that likes to do that! She makes a lot of her own stuff…YAY! But I must provide the fixings for it.
Make a deal with them
Yes I said that. Let them know that if they will eat fruit and veggies, then they can have snack food! Keep frozen fruit in the freezer for smoothies!
Teach them to drink water
Water is filling, more healthy and budget friendly.
Having teens mean teaching, teaching, teaching…just because they live in big bodies and say they already know everything, doesn’t mean they do. Lovingly and patiently as possible, teach them. Oh and one other thing…I don’t allow my kids to play dumb with me. Tell them they are smart, treat them as though they are smart. I might say something like.. “eating wisely is a sign of maturity” Teens want to be mature even if they aren’t!
Teen friendly Healthy Snack Recipes
Caramel Apple Dip – They’ll eat apples for sure!
Shared at The Super Mommy Club